Supporting Decentralization in Libya

Supporting Decentralization in Libya

Case

Case | Policy Advisory

Libya is currently witnessing an increased escalation in fighting as General Haftar commanded of the so-called Libyan National Army is trying to take control of Tripoli from the internationally recognized Government of National Accord. Our Principal Alexander Kjaerum weighted in on the developments for Danish Radio P1 Orientering discussing the prospects and role of foreign powers and UN.

Our Principal at Voluntās Policy Advisory, Alexander Kjærum, was invited to  ‘P1 Orientering’ on Danmarks Radio to speak about the recent escalation in fighting in Libya, the role of foreign powers in Libya, UN and General Haftar. You can listen to it by clicking the image.

One option in focus by the international community is further decentralization of power, enhancing power at the municipal level to generate trust in public governance institutions. In 2012, Law no. 59 ‘Concerning the Local Administration System’ laid the foundation for decentralization determining the relationship between local and national level institutions. The implementation of this law has however not been very successful so far as there is still a lack of clarify on roles and responsibilities of different government actors, gap between the law and the actual governance system, as well as external constraints such as insecurity and limited funding.

Voluntas has been hired to carry out a political economy analysis to assess the challenges, risks, limitations, and opportunities of decentralization programming. To this end, Voluntas designed an analytical framework to investigate the dynamics of power, economic and social forces influencing development, and how prospective interventions may interact with these dynamics.

Our Head of Tunis Office, traveled to Libya and conducted +15 interviews and 3 FGDs with mayors, political leaders, civil society, expert and representatives from international organization. Furthermore more than 30 reports and publications on decentralization, Libya, and local governance were reviewed to identify trends and knowledge gaps Based on the data collected and desk-review of other material, we provided the client with a report laying out pathways for reform and programming despite the contextual challenges.

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Management consultants by profession and philosophers by heart, we work with public actors, private enterprises and investors from around the world in shaping investment strategies, business development and policy with a meaningful impact. We believe it significantly increases the quality of living, while we know it sustainably accelerates the productivity and profitability of doing business. We pursue advisory, investments and analytics to bring a fundamental change to the way human potential is led and realized.

Copenhagen

Wildersgade 10b

3rd floor

1408 København K

Tunis

2 Rue Hannibal

Gammarth Supérieur

Tunis

Contact

info@voluntasgroup.com

+45 30 53 59 79

Can a Strategic Narrative save lives?

Can a Strategic Narrative save lives?

Case

Advisory | Case

Bruhn NewTech

Probably not. But Bruhn NewTech can. Operating within the field of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defense, they provide software solutions to increase the number of people protected from airborne threats. In a market dominated by advanced terminologies and complex solutions, Bruhn NewTech revitalized their purpose and narrative to enhance understanding and increase engagement among key stakeholders, serving their course of becoming the subject matter expert within the field of CBRN.

Technology will become commodities – narratives will ensure distinctiveness

Companies operating with a clear and driving sense of purpose outperformed the S&P 500 by a factor of 10 between 1996 and 2011. The power of purpose can expand business opportunities and increase motivation among employees, if the purpose is well embedded in a strategic narrative that unites the understanding of the past, acknowledge the present, and compel a visionary future. Through questionnaires, interviews and workshops among employees a strategic narrative has been developed ensuring a coherent and distinctive positioning of Bruhn NewTech.

Increase the number of people protected from airborne threats

– Purpose of Bruhn NewTech’s existence

”We are software developers – but we are not in the business of making technological components or software for CBRN protection. We are in the business of saving human beings. Therefore, our purpose and the reason why we exist is to increase the number of people protected from airborne threats,” states Kristoffer Basse, Executive Chairman at Bruhn NewTech.

Increasing the visibility of the purpose and the embedment in the company, each project and solution is being calculated in terms of the contribution it makes to the number of people protected. Each life-saving solution implemented is therefore providing a clear contribution to the total number of people protected, which is the guiding star for Bruhn NewTech.

The purpose has been embedded and unfolded in a strategic narrative creating a shared understanding of the past, a reason for the work they are doing today, and a compelling vision for the future. All for the benefit of the human beings working in the company and the external relations.

 

 

Anchoring the narrative in stakeholder management

The purpose statement and the defined narrative has been anchored internally and externally across stakeholder groups. A large part of the involvement between Voluntās and Bruhn NewTech has circled around the external activation towards journalists, politicians, experts and institutions. Aligning product marketing, managing external relations, producing communications material and arranging events are all done from the foundation of the strategic narrative, ensuring a coherent identity throughout every touch point. In other words, the narrative has reinforced and aligned daily behavior with the larger purpose of Bruhn NewTech.

“We have a clear understanding of each of our external stakeholder groups. They are all met with the same story, but the engagement with each stakeholder group is intended to serve different needs. We want to be the go-to-source number one among journalists when a CBRN-expert is needed and become a trusted advisor among politicians to influence policies, but the strategic narrative is still the common foundation ensuring a coherent and distinctive positioning,” says Kristoffer Basse.

Important questions to ask yourself as a company

  • Why do we exist and how do we matter in the world?
  • What is our core cultural and commercial DNA?
  • Who are we and what are our virtues?
  • What is our vision and where are we going?

The CEO of Bruhn NewTech, Erik Juel Ellinghaus, making a demo of their life saving software solution for the Danish Minister of Defence, Claus Hjort Frederiksen.

Disciplined storytelling increase business opportunities

It requires a disciplined effort anchoring and conceptualizing the narrative in the everyday life of the company. Leaders are very important in the embodiment and extension of the narrative, ensuring that it is continuously interpreted and translated into all corners of the organization.

The strategic narrative has given us a common level of understanding of this 25-year-old company and a compelling direction and vision for the future to come, in a way that has made our products and services simpler to understand and easier to relate to,” says Kristoffer Basse.

Whether present in the media, in dialogue with politicians, cooperating with experts or institutions the disciplined storytelling potentially leads to increased business opportunities. With a purpose beyond profit and a clear narrative the customers gain a reason to believe and can better relate to Bruhn NewTech.

The cooperative relation between Voluntās and Bruhn NewTech is an ongoing journey to ensure the acceptance as the subject matter expert within the field of CBRN across stakeholder groups – all anchored in a purpose beyond profit. From conflict zones in the Middle East to sports venues and train-stations in the Western world, Bruhn NewTech will continuously work to increase the number of people protected from chemical terror and nuclear incidents. One human life at a time.

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Can a Strategic Narrative save lives?

Can a Strategic Narrative save lives?

Probably not. But Bruhn NewTech can. Operating within the field of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defense, they provide software solutions to increase the number of people protected from airborne threats.

Management consultants by profession and philosophers by heart, we work with public actors, private enterprises and investors from around the world in shaping investment strategies, business development and policy with a meaningful impact. We believe it significantly increases the quality of living, while we know it sustainably accelerates the productivity and profitability of doing business. We pursue advisory, investments and analytics to bring a fundamental change to the way human potential is led and realized.

Copenhagen

Wildersgade 10b

3rd floor

1408 København K

Tunis

2 Rue Hannibal

Gammarth Supérieur

Tunis

Contact

info@voluntasgroup.com

+45 30 53 59 79

The worlds first meaningfulness survey in a public setting

The worlds first meaningfulness survey in a public setting

Case

Advisory | Case

Horsens Municipality

Investigating the degree of meaning

In Voluntas, we are convinced that focusing on the meaningfulness, people experience in their life, is the key to finding ways to bringing about a fundamental change to the way we lead and realize human potential.

As such, we do not believe that it makes sense to measure employee-satisfaction and/or engagement, as done today in many organizations around the world. Rather, we believe that modern organizations should measure the degree of meaning employees find in their work. Studies show that sense of purpose, leadership, belonging and personal growth drive a greater meaning in the workplace and positively impact employees’ sense of quality of life and motivation. Furthermore, people who find their work meaningful are not only more engaged, they are also more productive and more likely to stay with the organization.

Inspired by a presentation by Morten Albæk, the creator of Voluntas, Horsens Municipality’s department for ‘Handicap, Psychiatry and Socially Vulnerable’ (HPS) was curious to investigate the degree of meaning their employees experience in their work. They therefore invited us to conduct a meaningfulness survey in HPS.

 

The mission of HPS’ employees is to support citizens who are psycho-logically, physically, and/or socially challenged, in activating their potential and living their lives in accordance with their individual needs, dreams, hopes and goals.

Becoming even better at leading and realizing human potential.

A meaningfulness survey is designed to provide a Meaningfulness Quotient (MQ), indicating the degree of meaning that employees find in their work on a scale of 1-5. The design was customized to HPS terminology and subsequently sent to almost 500 employees.

The MQ of HPS was then derived from an analysis of the four drivers, which covered a total of 24 questions. The MQ-questions differ in many ways from a typical satisfaction survey. For example, instead of asking “is the immediate manager good at planning your work?”, employees are asked “do you experience that your manager leads according to the purpose?”

In addition to the survey, Voluntas facilitated a management workshop with 25 managers from HPS. They participated actively in discussing possible initiatives to improve the Meaningfulness Quotient (MQ) and the role of management in creating a framework that facilitates deeper and more existential dialogue between managers and employees. The purpose of this initiative was clear: Becoming even better at leading and realizing human potential.

 

Human beings who deserve to live their lives as meaningful as possible

Overall, valuable insights were gained, and a fact-based platform was created, from which individual sections and managers in HPS can speak openly and honestly about strengths, challenges and potentials.

Head of HPS, Cate Kristiansen comments: “Voluntas has not only given us insights into the current level of meaningfulness among employees, but also helped us working with a holistic focus on our employees as human beings who deserve to live their lives as meaningful as possible”.

And HPS’ ambitions do not stop there. Cate Kristiansen’s dream is to develop a meaningfulness survey in collaboration with Voluntas, applicable to the citizens who come in contact with HPS.

In conclusion, HPS in Horsens Municipality, are ground-breaking pioneers, taking the first steps to fundamentally change the way human potential is led and realized.

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Can a Strategic Narrative save lives?

Can a Strategic Narrative save lives?

Probably not. But Bruhn NewTech can. Operating within the field of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defense, they provide software solutions to increase the number of people protected from airborne threats.

Management consultants by profession and philosophers by heart, we work with public actors, private enterprises and investors from around the world in shaping investment strategies, business development and policy with a meaningful impact. We believe it significantly increases the quality of living, while we know it sustainably accelerates the productivity and profitability of doing business. We pursue advisory, investments and analytics to bring a fundamental change to the way human potential is led and realized.

Copenhagen

Wildersgade 10b

3rd floor

1408 København K

Tunis

2 Rue Hannibal

Gammarth Supérieur

Tunis

Contact

info@voluntasgroup.com

+45 30 53 59 79

PPP opportunities in South Africa’s water sector

PPP opportunities in South Africa’s water sector

Case

Case | Policy Advisory

Situation

South Africa faces a looming water gap, already reaching an acute state in Cape Town. The water supply is only likely to decrease further with global warming with a projected water deficit of 17% by 2030.

As a result, there is a need to invest an estimated 700B rand over the next 10 years, only half of which is included in the current public budgets. There is therefore an urgent need to attract private finance to refurbish the current infrastructure, build new sources of supply and develop new mechanisms for re-use.

Solution

Voluntas partners with the Confederation of Danish Industry and the National Business Initiative, a voluntary South African business coalition founded by Nelson Mandela, to determine the potential of Public-Private Partnerships to address the water gap.

Together we take a dialogue-based, bottom-up approach to identifying PPP opportunities, building on a combination of international best practice and local input to recommend a custom-tailored approach.

Outcome

The end goal of the project is a coalition of key stakeholders in South Africa that develops high-impact PPPs in the water sector.

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Supporting Decentralization in Libya

Supporting Decentralization in Libya

Libya is currently witnessing an increased escalation in fighting as General Haftar commanded of the so-called Libyan National Army is trying to take control of Tripoli from the internationally recognized Government of National Accord.

Management consultants by profession and philosophers by heart, we work with public actors, private enterprises and investors from around the world in shaping investment strategies, business development and policy with a meaningful impact. We believe it significantly increases the quality of living, while we know it sustainably accelerates the productivity and profitability of doing business. We pursue advisory, investments and analytics to bring a fundamental change to the way human potential is led and realized.

Copenhagen

Wildersgade 10b

3rd floor

1408 København K

Tunis

2 Rue Hannibal

Gammarth Supérieur

Tunis

Contact

info@voluntasgroup.com

+45 30 53 59 79

Sahel-Maghreb Policy Engagement

Sahel-Maghreb Policy Engagement

Case

Case | Policy Advisory

Situation

Migration, transnational criminal networks and state fragility in the Sahel-Maghreb are becoming an increasing challenge for EU and an effective policy response is needed.

Solution

Together with the Danish Institute for International Studies we have established a research platform with experts from EU, US and the Sahel-Maghreb region to provide ongoing policy inputs to the Danish MFA.

Outcome

An evidence-based policy addressing the root causes of migration, state fragility and transnational crime building on scalable, local-level interventions.

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Management consultants by profession and philosophers by heart, we work with public actors, private enterprises and investors from around the world in shaping investment strategies, business development and policy with a meaningful impact. We believe it significantly increases the quality of living, while we know it sustainably accelerates the productivity and profitability of doing business. We pursue advisory, investments and analytics to bring a fundamental change to the way human potential is led and realized.

Copenhagen

Wildersgade 10b

3rd floor

1408 København K

Tunis

2 Rue Hannibal

Gammarth Supérieur

Tunis

Contact

info@voluntasgroup.com

+45 30 53 59 79

Third Party Monitoring

Third Party Monitoring

Case

Case | Policy Advisory

Situation

Conflict in Libya has seen more than 400,000 people being internally displaced and international organizations and NGOs have had to evacuate to Tunis, making it difficult to monitor their activities on the ground in Libya.

Solution

We monitor food distributions by WFP’s local partners, assessing issues and challenges in the distribution process, as well as give beneficiaries an opportunity to provide feedback to WFP.

Outcome

Our ongoing monitor help to ensure accountability and efficient provision of food aid to vulnerable groups, improving the operations of WFP local partners.

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Management consultants by profession and philosophers by heart, we work with public actors, private enterprises and investors from around the world in shaping investment strategies, business development and policy with a meaningful impact. We believe it significantly increases the quality of living, while we know it sustainably accelerates the productivity and profitability of doing business. We pursue advisory, investments and analytics to bring a fundamental change to the way human potential is led and realized.

Copenhagen

Wildersgade 10b

3rd floor

1408 København K

Tunis

2 Rue Hannibal

Gammarth Supérieur

Tunis

Contact

info@voluntasgroup.com

+45 30 53 59 79